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James Beard Award Winners 2014

Dave Beran of Next (left) and Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig (right) winners!

Dave Beran of Next (left) and Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig (right) winners!

As the summer comes upon us and we yearn to do some traveling, I thought you might like to know the James Beard Award winners 2014 to find what winners, exceptional chefs and restaurants may be right in your travels (in America only).

As a matter of fact, I can see you planning a trip across America, visiting each of our incredible restaurants, much like I did as I skipped across England, France and Italy when I was younger (or should I say felt younger) years ago! lol

Mine took me 3 years, but I think you can do it in a month or two, here in the Americas. Lucky you!

I am personally excited for one person on this list of winners: Nancy Silverton Pizzeria Mozza Los Angeles. She started with La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles, in the days when I had young kids and would go there for an incredible breakfast or lunch and has found herself now in partnership with Mario Batali at Pizzeria Mozza, who by the way chaired this years event.

Happy Eating,

Chef Marian


Covering all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more—the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The awards are presented each spring at Lincoln Center. Nominees and winners are fêted at a weekend of events in New York City that has become the social and gastronomic highlight of the year.

Best Chef: Great Lakes

(IL, IN, MI, OH)

Dave Beran Next Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

(D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Vikram Sunderam Rasika Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest

(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Justin Aprahamian Sanford Milwaukee

Best Chef: New York City

(Five Boroughs)

April Bloomfield The Spotted Pig

Best Chef: Northeast

(CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT)

Jamie Bissonnette Coppa Boston

Best Chef: Northwest

(AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Naomi Pomeroy Beast Portland, OR

Best Chef: South

(AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

Ryan Prewitt Pêche Seafood Grill New Orleans

Sue Zemanick Gautreau’s New Orleans

167 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Best Chef: Southeast

(GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Ashley Christensen Poole’s Downtown Diner Raleigh, NC

Best Chef: Southwest

(AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

Chris Shepherd Underbelly Houston

Best Chef: West

(CA, HI, NV)

Daniel Patterson Coi San Francisco

Best New Restaurant

A restaurant opened in 2013 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

Pêche Seafood Grill New Orleans

Outstanding Restaurant

A restaurant in the United States that serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service.Candidates must have been in operation for at least 10 or more consecutive years.

The Slanted Door San Francisco

Outstanding Chef

A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as chefs for at least the past 5 years.

Nancy Silverton Pizzeria Mozza Los Angeles

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